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March 05, 2014

FAA Approves Installation Of BendixKing KLR10 In Certified Aircraft

Angle Of Attack Indicator Enhances Safety And Performance By Providing Visual And Audible Cues Of Angle Of Attack

The FAA has sent a letter of approval to BendixKing allowing the installation of the KLR 10 Lift Reserve Indicator in certified general aviation aircraft. The KLR 10 improves operational safety by increasing pilot awareness of how much lift remains during phases of flight with the highest angles of attack (AoA), such as takeoff, approach and landing, which account for the majority of preventable loss-of-control accidents.

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Airborne 03.05.14: GA Slapped With User Fees-Again, Fantasy of Flight, Mooney Upgrades

Also: Airbus A320 Production, Classic Aero-TV, NASA Honors Armstrong, KS May Exempt Homebuilts From Tax

Here we go again! The White House has included aviation user fees for general aviation use of air traffic control services in President Obama's fiscal year 2015 spending proposal. The budget proposal states: “To more equitably distribute the cost of air traffic services across the aviation user community, the Administration proposes to establish a new surcharge for air traffic services of $100 per flight. Military aircraft, public aircraft, piston aircraft, air ambulances, aircraft operating outside of controlled airspace, and Canada-to- Canada flights would be exempt.” Is Fantasy of Flight giving up on becoming an aviation version of Disneyland? Fantasy of Flight

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.05.14

Same Song – Another Verse – The White House Won’t Give Up On User Fees…

Fantasy of Flight Closing Its “Public” Doors…


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Lockheed Martin, IAM Agree To New Four-year Contract

Pact Covers More Than 4,700 LMC Employees

Members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) ratified a new four-year labor agreement with Lockheed Martin. The new contract was ratified March 2 and became effective Monday.

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Summit Air Ambulance Signs Contract For Two AW119Kx Helicopters

Idaho Company Adds To Helo Fleet

Summit Air Ambulance of Idaho has signed a contract for two AW119Kx helicopters to support EMS operations in the Northwest United States. The two AW119Kx will join an AW109 Power already in service, in addition to a fleet of fixed-wing aircraft.  

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New DirecTV Blimp To Light Up The Skies In 2014

Van Wagner Unveils New Lightship Equipped With The World's Only 2,100 Sq. Ft. LED Lightsign Screen

Blimpologists will soon have a new, more advanced species to study as they scan the skies this spring. The DirecTV blimp adorned with new, high-tech plumage – the world’s only 2,100-square-foot LED Lightsign screen – began its annual tour March 1.

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The Initial FFS For Airbus Helicopters' EC175 Is Completed By Indra

Full Flight Simulator Will Be Ready For Service Start-Up This Summer

Pilot training with the first Level D full-flight simulator for Airbus Helicopters’ new EC175 rotorcraft will be available from this summer, using an Indra-built system located at the Airbus Helicopters Training Services facility in Marignane, France.

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Colorado State Senator Seeks Next Generation Airtankers

Bill To Acquire New Aircraft Through A Build-Operate-Transfer Partnership To Be Introduced

Colorado State Senator Steve King says he will introduce a bill in the state legislature that would authorize a private-sector partner to finance, design, construct, and operate a fleet of Next Generation airtankers. The legislator says that the Colorado Firefighting Air Corps can acquire Next Generation airtankers through a build-operate-transfer partnership and save the state billions of dollars in wildfire damage.

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Milestone Aviation Group Signs Contract With AgustaWestland

Agree To Purchase First 8 New-Generation Helicopters

Milestone Aviation Group and AgustaWestland have signed a purchase contract for eight new-generation AgustaWestland helicopters as part of the companies’ landmark framework agreement. The framework agreement was initially announced in September 2013. The contract for five AW139 and three AW189 helicopters will deliver by year-end 2014.

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It’s A March Of The Cubesats As Space Station Deployment Continues

Thirty-Three Deployed From ISS In The Past Several Weeks

With so many small, relatively inexpensive satellites deploying lately from the International Space Station, it may seem like the area referred to as low-Earth orbit, between 100 and 1,240 miles above the planet, is full of these compact cubes. The miniature satellites, or CubeSats, conduct research and demonstration missions.

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Gone West: Rostislav Belyakov, Designer Of MiG Jets

Was Unknown To The Public Until Collapse Of The Soviet Union

The man called the chief designer of MiG fighter jets has reportedly passed away at the age of 94.

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Intoxicated Man Swipes Airplane For Joyride

Officials Say His Blood Alcohol Level Was .132

A very intoxicated man is probably lucky to be alive after taking a Cessna Caravan for a joyride with a blood alcohol level measured at .132 after he landed.

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Quadcopter Pilot Tells Police Someone Stole His GoPro

Small UAV Crashed During A Flight In Florida

A man flying his quadcopter with a GoPro camera on board around his Bradenton, FL neighborhood filed a police report after his aircraft went down and someone pulled the camera off the aircraft.

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AD: Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2014-04-04

PRODUCT: Certain Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH Models DA 42 NG and DA 42 M-NG airplanes.

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AD: Cessna Aircraft Company Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2014-03-03

PRODUCT: Certain Cessna Aircraft Company (Cessna) Models 310, 320, 340, 401, 402, 411, 414, and 421 airplanes.

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Aero-TV: The Epitome Of Aviation Tech–The State Of The (Model Aviation) Art

Fun? -- Yes! Toys? -- NO! Today's Model Aircraft Are Technologically Impressive

While at EAA AirVenture 2013, ANN CEO and Editor-in-Chief, Jim Campbell, looks into another segment of aviation to explore the state of model aviation art. This led him to talk to Matt Andren at the Horizon Hobby display booth. Matt said the rapidly advancing technology in the world of model planes has made it more fun and more people are participating.

Aero-TV: The Epitome Of Aviation Tech–The State Of The (Model Aviation) Art

Fun? -- Yes! Toys? -- NO! Today's Model Aircraft Are Technologically Impressive

While at EAA AirVenture 2013, ANN CEO and Editor-in-Chief, Jim Campbell, looks into another segment of aviation to explore the state of model aviation art. This led him to talk to Matt Andren at the Horizon Hobby display booth. Matt said the rapidly advancing technology in the world of model planes has made it more fun and more people are participating. The advances in design and the advent of electric powered RC planes allowed the costs of RC modeling to drop significantly. 

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Alphabets: President Should Ditch Latest Aviation User Fee Attempt

Obama's Willingness to Sacrifice Aviation Interests Continues

Here we go again! You're going to hear a lot about this in the next few days, but it appears that the White House has included aviation user fees for general aviation use of air traffic control services in President Obama's fiscal year 2015 spending proposal. The budget proposal states that its purpose is: “To more equitably distribute the cost of air traffic services across the aviation user community, the Administration proposes to establish a new surcharge for air traffic services of $100 per flight. Military aircraft, public aircraft, piston aircraft, air ambulances, aircraft operating outside of controlled airspace, and Canada-to- Canada flights would be exempt.”

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Air Charter Community Will Soon Have Access To 'Known Crewmember' Program

Allows Expedited Access To Sterile Areas Of Airports

TSA's Known Crewmember program (KCM) will soon be available to Part 135 and Part 125 air charter pilots. The program is a risk-based screening system that enables Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security officers to positively verify the identity and employment status of flight-crew members. The program expedites flight-crew member access to sterile areas of airports.

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Mooney’s Management Leadership Team Takes Shape

CEO Dr. Jerry Chen Confident About The Company's Future

Upon taking the reins of Mooney International, every minute of every day has been busy for CEO, Dr. Jerry Chen. Now, after many dormant years and with great fanfare around the aviation industry, he recently fired up manufacturing and the line is moving. And while systems, technology and manufacturing processes have occupied Dr. Chen’s time, he has been very intent on building out his leadership team that will help take the Company into the future.

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Kansas Legislature Considers Bill Exempting Tax On Homebuilts

Committee Hass Approved The Measure, Full House Vote Expected Soon

EAA is encouraging all Kansas EAA members to contact their state representatives and request support for H.B. 2542, which would exempt homebuilt aircraft from annual property tax assessment in the state. The bill recently passed through the House Committee on Taxation and will soon go to a vote on the House floor. If the bill passes the House, it will then move to the Senate for a vote.

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House Science Committee Examines Mars Flyby Mission

Asks NASA To Review The Proposal And Others For Deep Space Exploration

The Science, Space, and Technology Committee recently held a hearing to explore the potential for a human mission in 2021 to fly by the planets Mars and Venus.  

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SESAR SWIM Outreach Wins IHS Jane’s ATC Award

Recognizes SESAR's Success In Raising Awareness For The Information Management Program

The SESAR Joint Undertaking and its members have won this year’s HIS Jane’s ATC Award for outreach work on System Wide Information Management (SWIM), which led to an unprecedented number of Air Traffic Management (ATM) stakeholders becoming engaged in the goal of making SWIM a reality.

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Honeywell To Provide Aircraft Landing Assurance At St Helena's First Airport

Island Currently Only Accessible By Ship

Honeywell Aerospace's SmartPath Ground-Based Augmentation System (GBAS), which reduces weather-related delays, lowers air traffic noise, improves flight efficiency and increases airport capacity simultaneously, has been selected by the U.K. Department for International Development for St Helena's airport, due to open in 2016.

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Brazil Upgrades Air Traffic Technology For World Cup And Olympics

Systems To Be Expanded To 23 Airports Around The Country

In the run up to the FIFA World Cup this year, and the Olympics in 2016, air traffic management company SITA is working with the Comissão de Implantação do Sistema de Controle do Espaço Aéreo (CISCEA) in its drive to upgrade Brazil’s air traffic management technology. CISCEA is the body responsible for developing and implementing new technologies for DECEA, the Brazilian Air Navigation Service Provider.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (03.05.14)

“With the line moving and this team in place we can now start to make some serious progress toward our goal of building a world-class operation.” Source: Mooney aircraft CEO Dr. Jerry Chen, announcing his leadership team.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.05.14): SAFO – Safety Alerts for Operators

Safety Alerts for Operators published by the FAA often contain critical aviation safety related information that the FAA has determined  that various aircraft operators need to know.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.05.14)

SETI@home

SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) is a scientific area whose goal is to detect intelligent life outside Earth. One approach, known as radio SETI, uses radio telescopes to listen for narrow-bandwidth radio signals from space.

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